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Second Degree & Post Baccalaureate Certificate Programs in Clinical Laboratory Science

CLS Online Admissions Information

The CLS 2nd Degree and CLS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate programs begin in August of each year. The application for the 2015 admissions cycle will open on September 1, 2014. The deadline for the receipt of the application, supporting documentation, and application fee is June 1, 2015.

Admissions Requirements

1. Online Application

The Merlin Application can be accessed through the following link: Please make sure that all information on your application is correct before selecting "Submit." Once you submit the General Information section of the application you cannot edit any information. If a change needs to be made, please email

2. Application Fee

The TTUHSC Application Fee of $40 can be paid through the online application by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order by selecting the "Money Order" option; mail a check or money order to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (3601 4th Street MS 6294, Lubbock, TX 79430). Please make checks and money orders payable to "TTUHSC." Your application will not be considered for admission until your fee has been paid.

3. Official Transcripts

The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs must receive a current, official transcript from every institution that you've attended. If you have attended TTU or TTUHSC, you only need to send official transcripts from the other institutions you've attended. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution and must have been printed within the last year. Please send all official transcripts to the following address:

TTUHSC SOAHS Admissions and Student Affairs
3601 4th Street MS 6294
Lubbock, TX 79430
4. Bachelor's Degree

A Bachelor's Degree is required for admission in addition to the specific prerequisite courses listed in Section 6.
5. Minimum GPA

A minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.5 is required; this includes all courses taken at every institution attended. A minimum science prerequisite GPA of a 2.5 is also required. Provisional admission may be offered to applicants with a GPA of less than 2.5. Such applications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

6. Prerequisite Coursework

All prerequisite courses must be complete prior to matriculation. Applicants who have completed all or most of their prerequisite coursework at the time of application may be at an advantage during the admissions process. Courses must be completed with a "C" or above to be considered for prerequisite credit.

CLS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Prerequisites:

Biological Sciences (laboratory required) 12 hours
    Biology I and Biology II or A&P I and A&P II  
    Science Elective  
Basic Chemistry (laboratory required) 8 hours
Organic Chemistry (laboratory required) 4 hours
Microbiology (laboratory required) 4 hours
Statistics 3 hours

**Recommended Courses: Immunology, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, Cell Biology and upper division Microbiology

CLS 2nd Degree Prerequisites:

Biological Sciences (laboratory required) 12 hours
    Biology I and Biology II or A&P I and A&P II  
    Science Elective  
Basic Chemistry (laboratory required) 8 hours
Organic Chemistry (laboratory required) 4 hours
Microbiology (laboratory required) 4 hours
Statistics 3 hours

Texas Common Core Requirements:

*English 1301            Composition I 3 hours
*English 1302             Composition II 3 hours
*HIST 1301 United States History I 3 hours
*HIST 1302 United States History II 3 hours
*GOVT 2301 American Government I 3 hours
*GOVT 2302 American Government II 3 hours
Individual and Group Behavior   3 hours
Chosen from the fields of study listed above   3 hours

*Course numbers listed are based on the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS). Check with your academic institution to verify the course number that corresponds with the TCCNS number.

7. International Applicants

All foreign coursework must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Service. We also require TOEFL/IELTS Scores for any applicant for whom English is their second language (scores are considered on a case by case basis). Please refer to our International Applicants webpage for more information and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions:

Application Process

Applications are considered on a rolling basis for acceptance into the professional program. Individual applications are reviewed once materials have been received; therefore, it is in the applicant's best interest to complete their application, including submission of required documentation, as early as possible. Fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who meet the above listed requirements and are deemed competitive candidates for admission will be invited for an interview. The admissions committee selects the most qualified applicants for admission by considering the following: cumulative GPA, prerequisite science GPA, interview scores, student essay, and other factors.


Admission interviews are granted by the CLS admissions committee by invitation only. Applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting documents.

Application Submission Checklist

1. Online Merlin Application
2. Application Fee
3. Official Transcripts
4. Essential Functions (submitted through online Merlin Application)

Contact Information

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. Please contact our office by phone at 806-743-3220 or email at